Love's Christmas Hope

Love's Christmas Hope

by Naomi Rawlings

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Overview

They've been apart so long they feel like strangers... but can faded memories and forgotten love lead to a Christmas full of hope?

When Jessalyn Dowrick's husband left her and their three daughters to head west five years earlier, she had no choice but to pick up the pieces of her broken life and continue without him, eventually supporting herself as Eagle Harbor's seamstress, and secretly hoping her husband would return. But days soon slipped into months, and months into years, all without word of Thomas or a cent of the money he'd promised to send.

While working day and night to build a new life that his wife would be proud of, Thomas wrote Jessalyn every week asking her to come to South Dakota. But she never arrived. In fact, she never answered a single one of his letters. When he returns to Eagle Harbor in time for Christmas, he finds a woman who not only hadn't received his letters, but also thought him dead.

With Christmas quickly approaching and storms trapping Thomas in town until the harbor can reopen, will he be able to convince his wife he's worth a second chance?

Buy Love's Christmas Hope today and immerse yourself in this holiday tale of new beginnings and hope restored!

Eagle Harbor Series--Where Love Finds Its Anchor
Prequel: Love's Violet Sunrise (Hiram and Mabel)
Book 1: Love's Unfading Light (Mac and Tressa)
Book 2: Love's Every Whisper (Elijah and Victoria)
Book 3: Love's Sure Dawn (Gilbert and Rebekah)
Book 4: Love's Eternal Breath (Seth and Lindy)
Book 5: Love's Christmas Hope (Thomas and Jessalyn)
Book 6: Love's Bright Tomorrow (Isaac and Aileen)
Short Story: Love's Beginning (Elijah and Victoria)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157423346
Publisher: Cedar Lake Press
Publication date: 04/16/2017
Series: Eagle Harbor , #5
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 346
Sales rank: 82,221
File size: 712 KB

About the Author

Naomi Rawlings is the author of nine historical Christian novels, including the Amazon bestselling Eagle Harbor Series. While she'd love to claim she spends her days huddled in front of her computer vigorously typing, in reality, she spends her time homeschooling, cleaning, picking up, and pretending like her house isn't in a constant state of chaos. She lives with her husband and three children in Michigan's rugged Upper Peninsula, along the southern shore of Lake Superior where they get 200 inches of snow every year, and where people still grow their own vegetables and cut down their own firewood--just like in the historical novels she writes.

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Love's Christmas Hope 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story about the H/H who are allready married, with three beautiful little girls. I really enjoyed the storyline and although I liked Jessalyn's character and remember her as Tressa (book 1) best friend, I actually connected with Thomas, her husband bevause it appeared (to me) as if Jessalyn cared more about money than anything else, especially the part involving the baking of cookies with her youngest daughter Megan. But, Jessalyn after suffering some "in your face reality " bevomez the Heroine, you love. I just love the epilogue, because ...as I believe... it gives us readers a nit of closure. U also like when the book rolls introduces the next character who will have his or her own story. Next is Issac, who is Rebekah's twin brother. I read the excerpt at the back of the book and I cannot wait to read Issac's story. ***vrnb***
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the very first book to all the books that have been added since the last, you will absolutely love the emotional roller coaster as you read this series. I have laughed and cried and it puts a smile on my face. You will love this series and her writing period.
Fala19 More than 1 year ago
I've been very interested in reading this story since the first time I met Jessalynn in Love's Unfading Light, book one, and learned of her situation. Let me tell ya', it did not disappoint. I absolutely loved it! There's a lot of misunderstanding, miscommunication, and many years of hurt for Jessalynn and her recently returned husband, Thomas, to try and overcome. I didn't know what to expect from Thomas. I couldn't imagine what kind of guy would leave his wife and kids and not send any word for five years. It took a little bit for him to grow on me, but, as they say, there's two sides to every story, and it wasn't long before I came to really like him. I really felt for both of them. Forgiveness isn't easy, but sometimes trusting again is even harder. I was rooting for them and enjoyed watching them work through some tough issues. I was so happy to be back in Eagle Harbor and to catch up with 'old friends'. I've loved every single one of the books in this series. If you're a fan of historical romance, don't miss out on this wonderful series! I can't wait to read Isaac and Aileen's story in book six, Love's Bright Tomorrow. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and comments are my own opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the continued story
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
I did not blame Jessalyn for her reaction at seeing her long, lost husband. It would have been hard to be alone as long as she was with three children to raise and little money. It would take Thomas a lot of begging for me to have even wanted to talk to him. This made me laugh and cry. This had a great story to it. I look forward to more books by Naomi Rawlings. I received this ebook from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
TrixiO More than 1 year ago
What would you do if you thought your husband abandoned you & your three girls five years ago? And then one day, he shows up? You’ll find the answers to those questions in this book. Welcome back to Eagle Harbor Michigan with the latest novel! Once again, we’re plunked in the middle of a wintry storm at sea, which in turn closes the harbor for the season. With Thomas stuck in town and wanting to start over with his wife & children, there’s going to be many obstacles to overcome. So many misunderstandings come to light and Jessalyn must learn to trust again, not only her husband but God. I enjoyed the journey these two took to rebuild a marriage into a strong foundation once again. There are many layers to this story and I loved seeing every one of them unfold. I quickly connected to the characters and the story drew me in from the beginning. I also loved revisiting the town of Eagle Harbor and the many people I’d already met from previous books. This author has a way of weaving a story that will tug at your heart and bring resolution to a satisfying conclusion. A story of forgiveness, restoration, second chances and rebuilding a marriage & family God created! I can’t wait for the next story which features Isaac & Aileen. *I received a complimentary copy from the author. No favorable review was required and all opinions expressed here are strictly my own. *
GlennHaggerty More than 1 year ago
Love’s Winter Hope features another cozy plot with two new and interesting protagonists who must work through past failures, mistakes, and malicious connivers. Favorite characters from previous Eagle Harbor titles weave in and out of this tale providing interesting depth and the seeds of love stories to come. The theme of forgiveness, reconciliation, and trust in God to build the house also make Love’s Winter Hope an inspirational and uplifting read. Five years ago, Jessalyn’s husband left her to make his fortune in California. After countless attempts to contact him, she assumed the worst and eked out a living for herself and their three young daughters by sewing for miners in Eagle Harbor’s copper country. Through ingenuity and diligence she soon developed a dress cliental and saved enough money to move to Chicago and open a shop with dreams of much more—and without the need for any man. But her plans turn upside down when in the winter of 1883, her supposedly dead husband returns to town with considerable means and a determination for reconciliation. But how can Jessalyn trust that Thomas will stick by her in the future after abandoning her for five years?
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Eagle Harbor's rescue team once again saves the life of a former resident who nearly drowns. After a five year absence from his family, his wife is not open to welcoming him with open arms, and with good reason. As in previous novels in this series, past characters are included which brings continuity regarding the characters who reside in Eagle Harbor. I love that about this series. I enjoy reading about the development of past characters and their families as another focus family is featured each time. Character development is very well done, with realistic personalities and events revealed. The locale is portrayed in vivid descriptions, placing the reader into the spirit of life in the upper peninsula of Michigan, along the shores of Lake Superior. I highly recommend this most recent novel in this series. Enjoy! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book as a gift, with no expectations for a positive review. All expressed opinions are my own.
A1Reads More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, it is so very good! “Five years, five months, and eleven days” is how long it had been since Thomas left Jessalyn. She thought he was dead. Thomas is happy to have found Jessalyn and his daughters. She never answered his letters, he thinks she was just too mad at him. There are many misunderstandings between the couple and a bit of stubbornness too. Thomas tries to convince Jessalyn that he did not abandon her, he sent money to the place she was supposed to be. He feels guilty because he did not come back for her sooner. She lets him see the girls but she doesn't want him in her life, she can't depend on anyone but herself. Can they overcome their past to create a future together? I loved how the author answers this question. An unexpected crime wave in Eagle Harbor adds mystery and suspense to the story. I loved seeing people from the other books in the series. I don't think of them as characters, in my mind, they are real people with real lives. I loved the epilogue. I loved the sneak peak at Love's Bright Tomorrow, the last book in the series. I highly recommend this book! It can be read and enjoyed by anyone. You don't have to read the previous books in the series.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Naomi Rawlings’ Eagle Harbor series is rich with historical details in both setting and description of life in Michigan in the 1870s and 1880s. She has obviously researched carefully for her writing. Love’s Winter Hope is another winner to add to the series. The characters are endearing and realistic and so carefully crafted that they seem to come alive. Jessalyn and Thomas, the main characters, are especially engaging and appealing. A message of hope and forgiveness is woven through the story and adds depth and meaning to it. I’ve enjoyed all the stories in this series. They can stand alone but the reader will get a richer experience reading them in order, since the characters in the earlier books make appearances in this one. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy historical fiction laced with an inspirational message. I will definitely be looking forward to more books by this author.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I love every moment I spend in Eagle Harbor! I always marvel at the strength of Rawlings’ characters and their resilience in times of trial, and Jessalyn and Thomas’s story is no exception. Inspiration is beautifully woven through their journey, and my heart was stirred for this couple and the struggles they endured. Love’s Winter Hope is a tender tale of faith and forgiveness and one I highly recommend! Love’s Winter Hope is Book 5 of the Eagle Harbor series and can be read independently of its predecessors. However, reading the series in order has allowed me to come to know and love this historical Michigan town and its residents, and I delight in the opportunity to return with each release. I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Love's Winter Hope by Naomi Rawlings Eagle Harbor Series Book Five Thomas Dowrick had thought his wife and daughters were safely ensconced in her cousin's home in Chicago. He left five years ago to make their fortune in the mines. And now—after a near death accident—he finds they aren't there. His family is missing. Jessalyn Dowrick had come to the conclusion she was a widow with three daughters and only had herself to depend on. She went back to Eagle Harbor and has done so well as a seamstress, that she has other women in town helping her. When Thomas comes to Eagle Harbor it sets Jessalyn's world off-kilter. His too, considering he figured his wife would throw herself in his arms after five years of separation. A past of hurts and misunderstandings has built a wall around them. Such a wonderful story of love and forgiveness. To mend the past, live in the present, and pray about the future.
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
I've fallen in love with the Eagle Harbor series! I appreciate the strong characters that endure a harsh landscape and trying circumstances, turning to their faith and each other. Jessalyn is a good friend to the other women in the community and has built a successful business on her own while raising young children. She has a difficult time accepting Thomas when he returns, even though it was someone else's actions that prevented them from communicating. It takes a lot for Thomas to regain her acceptance and trust, and she worries constantly over the future. I admired that Thomas led his family with gentleness and relied on the Lord for guidance when he struggled with patience. There is an element of suspense with a series of robberies and shady men lurking around, and part of the story is told from Isaac's perspective as the sheriff, also providing a lead-in for his story in the next book. I'm really looking forward to reading more! (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
Wilani More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book in the Eagle Harbor Series. I loved this story so much. I loved the characters and struggled through the problems with them. It was like I was right there in their shoes. This story had a little suspense in addition to Historical and Romance. The inspirational themes of Second Chance, Trust and Forgiveness were woven well into the story. This is a book and series I will want to read again.
eLynda More than 1 year ago
Best Yet! This is the fifth book in the Eagle Harbor series. I have enjoyed each installment and read them as they come out, even though each can be read as a standalone. The continuing story in a familiar place with characters both new and known keeps drawing me back and I relish checking in to one of my favorite fictional worlds each time I pick up a new one. This novel focuses primarily on Thomas and Jessalyn. His return after five years poses difficulties rather than a cheerful reunion, but it isn't long before the reader begins to understand it is a series of misunderstandings and miscommunications that led to the length of time apart. There is still much to work out, however, and both characters are sympathetic given the circumstances. Forgiveness is a weighty theme in this book. There is so much hurt to go around and frustration at trying to make things right even as the other person tosses hurdle after hurdle in the way of reconciliation. But in the difficult conversations where we aren't sure that the family will be reunited, even then a thread of grace runs through with each acknowledging their own mistakes and accepting responsibility. The characters are all too realistic, though, and the temptation to press a momentary advantage or a flat refusal to consider alternative plans sends them back to the beginning several times. There are also lingering trust issues. But even in the serious and difficult scenes of a couple working their way back to each other, moments of humor add a little levity to keep things from becoming too heavy, and the continuing theme of hope keeps the mood from getting too dark. I enjoy the historical detail and the opportunity to visit Eagle Harbor again. The larger cast of characters continue to make cameos in Eagle Harbor, and my favorite ongoing thread is the tentative steps the Cummings brothers take toward each other. I would highly recommend this book to those who like historical romance, starting at the beginning if possible for the maximum enjoyment. I eagerly await the next novel in the series! I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all of the opinions expressed are both honest and my own.
MelissaGH More than 1 year ago
Love's Winter Hope is a story of determination and dedication. How would you feel if your spouse disappeared for 5 years with no word to you or the family? Jessalyn has made a life for herself and her children, only to find that her husband is truly alive after all these years. The author tells a story that shows how misunderstandings and deceptions can be forgiven and trust can be found once again. A wonderful, touching love story. I enjoyed this story very much. I was given a copy of this story by the author and this is my personal honest opinion.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
Love’s Winter Hope was hard for me to set down! I loved the interactions between Jessalyn and Thomas. I empathized with both of them and the frustrations and struggles they faced. Jessalyn battled feelings of distrust and fear and Thomas battled feelings of desperation and guilt. These emotions were palpable throughout this story, making me truly hope for a good resolution for these characters. I especially liked Thomas’ character and the way he handled things. The author did a very good job of showing the type of man that Thomas had grown into. Love’s Winter Hope was such a heartwarming story and a great additon to the Eagle Harbor series. I believe that someone could read this book without having read the others in the series and be able to follow the main storyline just fine. However, I personally am glad to have read the other books in the series, as the returning characters felt like friends that I got to catch up with once more. Love’s Winter Hope is a story not to be missed. It delves deeply into the fears and struggles of a married couple who have lost their way and need a fresh start with the help of the Lord. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
Barb00 More than 1 year ago
What a fascinating and stunning book. I cannot comprehend all the feelings the characters felt in this novel. Author Naomi Rawlings is an amazing author. I became very involved in the storyline until I couldn't stop reading. You will not want to miss this book and I definitely recommend reading Love's Winter Hope by Author Naomi Rawlings. I received a complimentary copy from the author. This review is one hundred percent my opinion.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
Love’s Winter Hope ( Eagle Harbor #5 ) By: Naomi Rawlings Love’s Winter Hope is book five in Eagle Harbor Series. I have enjoyed all of the Eagle Harbor books and this one is a great addition to the wonderful series. Rawlings has done a great job bringing all her characters to life. This is Jessalyn and Thomas’s story. After five years has Jessalyn given up hope of her husband , Thomas, being alive. She has made a life for her and her three daughters in Eagle Harbor working as a seamstress. This story is about love , lost, forgiveness, and second chances. Is Thomas dead or alive? Jessalyn would like to know one way or another so she can get on with her life. I really enjoyed this story and at times I had tears in my eyes. Was given a complementary copy of this book , but was not told that I had to give a positive review.